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Old 02-14-2007, 09:47 AM   #1
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Tips on turns V.wind

How do you cope?

Was out an about yesterday. Heading back home, taking the ramp from 45 to BW 8 west. 17 mph cross winds and about 40 degrees. I planned ahead on this and made sure nobody was around me. Taking that turn around 65ish (I think) was in the inside lane. Mid turn, big gust of wind just starts pushing me. Leaned a little more. I wont lie, I started getting a little shy that if I leaned even more, the back would slide out from due to the wind. It did feel a little loose. I had lowered the pressure to about 38psi earlier too. I ended up just slowly going into the outside lane. As I continued riding, I was thinking about what would I have done if someone was in the other lane.

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Old 02-14-2007, 09:51 AM   #2
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I tuck in. I make sure I am as close to the gas tank as possible.
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:57 AM   #3
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38 psi? You need to drop that a few pounds and just slow down a little to compensate for the gusts of wind.


... Or you could just go faster to be more aerodynamic. J/K
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:27 PM   #4
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Lowered to 38? What do you normally run?
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:29 PM   #5
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You should be running 36 psi in the front and 34-36 psi in the rear on the streets.
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Old 02-14-2007, 02:18 PM   #6
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You bring up a good question.
Riding in windy conditions can put you in some scary moments if you arent used to it or know how to react to it..
I alwys tuck in and hug the tank. Always try to relax and dont tighten up when the gust of wind hits you. you go with it , dont fight it. react smoothly and dont chop the throttle.
I got pushed over by a gust of wind and was passing an 18 wheeler semi at the same time and it was quite a suprise. I kept steady on the throttle and just leaned it back into my lane.
If your turning and already in a lean , dont panic. You could end up in the guard rail. Stay with it and dont make sudden changes on your throttle hand. Body position should be tucked in and of your feet on the pegs. Lightly grasp the bars- dont have it in a deathlock. Always remember to breathe. sometimes when I was first riding the streets , I found myself holding my breath and getting tense--not good on a bike .
Relax and arrive safely at your destination..

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Old 02-14-2007, 02:20 PM   #7
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You can hang your leg out to contersteer against the wind. Works everytime but, can be annoying on a long ride.
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Old 02-14-2007, 05:30 PM   #8
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I found that if I lean my body into the wind, I don't have to lean the bike more to fight the wind.
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:55 PM   #10
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Get your track time in that way you are not afraid of leaning.
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